The Trachoma Initiative is working to provide surgery to people with trichiasis – the final, most painful stage of the disease – in four provinces in Mozambique. National trachoma mapping is soon to be completed and it is anticipated that just these four provinces – Nampula, Niassa, Cabo Delgado, and Tete – hold over three-quarters of the people in need of trichiasis surgery in the country.
What we’re doing about it
The Trachoma Initiative aims to make significant progress towards elimination in Mozambique by 2019. The Initiative is training surgeons, who can correct the in-turned eyelashes of people with trichiasis. More than 7,000 people will benefit from trichiasis surgery across the four provinces. Health workers in local communities will receive tools and training to raise awareness about the surgical services available and assist those in need of treatment.
Progress so far
The work of the Trachoma Initiative in Mozambique began by training and certifying surgeons to correct the in-turned eyelashes of people with trichiasis. So far 13 surgeons have been trained and more than 400 people have received surgery so that their eyelashes no longer scratch on their eyes. The Initiative has trained 179 Case Finders to locate people in need of treatment, which has helped reduce surgeons’ time spent screening patients at outreach camps.